Former Arizona women’s basketball star Aari McDonald has been putting together an MVP-caliber season in Australia’s WNBL. That will go on hold for a while according to her team. The Perth Lynx announced that McDonald is out until early February with a mild tear in her knee.
— Perth Lynx (@PerthLynx) December 29, 2023
Aari suffered a knee injury in our game vs UC Capitals on Wednesday.
Scans revealed she suffered a mild tear, and we expect her back on the court in early February.
We wish Aari a speedy recovery and can’t wait to welcome her back! pic.twitter.com/Nk3paGFOXW
McDonald will be entering the fourth year of her WNBA career with the Atlanta Dream in the summer of 2024, but this is her first full season playing internationally. Her first season in the WNBL has been nothing short of fantastic.
She currently ranks second in the league with 18.8 points per game, just ahead of teammate Amy Atwell’s 17.4 PPG. McDonald also contributes 2.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. She is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and has improved her 3-point accuracy as the season has progressed. She’s now at 30.4 percent from distance.
McDonald’s injury occurred during a game against the UC Capitals on Wednesday, Dec. 28 local time according to the press release issued by the Lynx. It was Tuesday, Dec. 27 in the U.S.